Why Bachata is Better than Salsa
Bachata is better than Salsa! Sometimes…I mean it depends. Honestly, I can’t pick a favourite. It is like asking a parent to pick a favourite child. But there are many reasons why Bachata can be someone’s favorite type of Latin dance:
Bachata is Easier to Learn than Salsa
Bachata is rhythmically even. This makes it very simple. It has eight beats. You do three steps and a tap in one direction, three steps and a tap in the other. Salsa is also eight beats but the slow part uses two beats – one, two, slow down, five, six, slow down. So you start seeing improvement a lot earlier in Bachata. The basic steps of Bachata are mastered in five to 10 minutes of the first class.
Bachata Has Easy Wins
Since Bachata is easier to learn than Salsa, you will see wins a lot more quickly. By the end of Bachata Level One at Toronto Dance Salsa we are already doing dips. In Salsa we don’t do dips until Level Four because it takes more coordination and technique. Honestly, after taking one or two Bachata classes, you will know enough moves to be able to dance to one or two songs at a club or social.
Bachata Feels like You are Hanging Out on a Beach!
Bachata has a different energy. Salsa is like driving on the Autobahn. Salsa is all about speed and energy and tricks. While Bachata is like hanging out at the beach, having a barbecue, laughing, singing, and dancing in the sand with a bunch of friends. Both are amazing! But if you want something playful, calm and fun then you need more Bachata in your life. There is no rushing in Bachata. So if you want something a little more chill then starting with Bachata is a good move.
Bachata Sometimes Matches My Mood
When I want to burn off steam or I have a ton of energy or I want to do something risky and exciting then I go for Salsa every time. It feels like I’m driving on the Autobahn at 160 miles an hour and it feels incredible. But when I want to connect and slow down and be playful, enjoy my time on the beach and mellow out then Bachata is my thing.
I really can’t choose. You cannot make a mistake starting in either Bachata or Salsa. There are Latin clubs all over the world, so you can go anywhere and find a nightclub that plays Bachata or Salsa and most will play both. You will have an amazing time Latin dancing because it is all about having fun and connecting with awesome human beings. So pick either Bachata or Salsa and start your journey!
Whether you are dancing Bachata or Salsa – remember you #belong on the dance floor!
Still can’t decide whether to choose Bachata or Salsa. Check out Should I Start with Bachata or Salsa to learn more.
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